July 2019 OSHA Quicktakes

Pennsylvania Manufacturer Works with On-Site Consultation Program to Eliminate Workplace Injuries


Polymer manufacturer Polytek® Development Corp. was accepted into OSHA ’s Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program after working with the agency’s On-Site Consultation Program to bring the company’s injury rate down to zero. Polytek® achieved this by setting company-wide health and safety goals, introducing new hazardous materials training, and implementing hazard reporting procedures. For more information, read the success story.


Partnership Will Promote Safety During Wisconsin Construction Project


Market & Johnson, Inc., and several labor organizations signed an agreement to protect workers during the construction of a commercial building project in Hudson, Wisconsin. The partnership focuses on preventing work-related injuries and fatalities through increased training, implementing best practices, and developing effective safety and health programs. Read the news release for more information.


Labor Organization Renews Alliance to Protect Electrical Workers


The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 55, renewed a four-year agreement to provide training that will help protect the safety and health of electrical utility workers. The focus will be on the recognition and prevention of hazards such as electrocution, fires, explosions and falls; and the development of effective safety and health programs.


Prepare for Fireworks Safety Ahead of July 4 Festivities


With Independence Day celebrations approaching, OSHA is encouraging the fireworks and pyrotechnics industry to begin taking steps now to protect workers from hazards while manufacturing, storing, transporting, displaying, and selling fireworks. OSHA’s website offers information on common hazards and solutions for the pyrotechnics industry.


New OSHA Resources Offer Solutions to Common Safety Hazards


A new series of OSHA Alerts addresses safety hazards associated with specific activities, equipment, or events. Each alert identifies the hazards involved and offers clear solutions to keep workers safe. Alerts currently available focus on flood recovery and cleanup, trenching and excavation, and forklift operation.

OSHA’s new flyer on five things you should know to stay safe in a trench addresses the most common trench-related hazards. The agency has additional resources for employers and workers on trenching safety, including a short video.


Keeping Workers Safe from Heat Hazards

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OSHA is urging employers to protect workers from heat-related illnesses and hazards. As we enter the summer season, warmer and more humid weather can increase the risk to workers both outdoors and in indoor workplaces with hot conditions. Learn how to keep workers safe by preventing heat hazards.


Safe + Sound Challenges You to Find and Fix Hazards in the Workplace

Safe + Sound

Join OSHA’s Safe + Sound campaign during June to focus on finding and fixing hazards! Effective safety and health programs should include a process for finding and fixing workplace hazards. Get started by taking our Check on Safety Challenge! Safe + Sound is a year-round campaign to encourage every workplace to have a safety and health program.  Find out more on the Safe + Sound website.


Maritime Advisory Committee Holds First Meeting

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OSHA Acting Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt (center) with the Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health.

The Maritime Advisory Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (MACOSH) met June 5-6 in Washington, D.C., to discuss worker safety and health in the shipyard employment, longshoring, and marine terminal industries. The 15 members of MACOSH represent workers, job creators, government agencies, and professional organizations. OSHA Acting Assistant Secretary Loren Sweatt updated MACOSH members on agency activities.


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